Jonnie Peacock is the fastest amputee sprinter in the world.
He lost part of his lower leg after he contracted meningitis when he was five years old.
Jonnie was determined not to let his disability affect him, competing in and winning a 100m hopping race in his first school sports day after his operation.
A meeting with his footballing hero David Beckham further inspired Peacock to pursue a career in sport and in 2008 he attended a talent identification event in east London, attempting disciplines as diverse as wheelchair tennis, pistol shooting and 60m sprinting.
“A year ago, hardly anyone knew who I was and I’d only raced in a handful of senior races.
“Now I’m a Paralympic gold medallist and world record holder – it’s incredible! It’s been such a journey for me, and the evening that I raced in the T44 100m final will stay with me forever.”
Jonnie Peacock is supported by UK Sport.
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